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Seabourn Ovation Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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51 Reviews

LOVED the Seabourn Ovation and our Iberian cruise

Seabourn Ovation Cruise Review by SusanWay

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: the Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite

We chose this cruise because we had not been to Spain (except for Barcelona which we love), Lisbon or Porto, Gibralter or Morocco. The ports of call and shore excursions were fantastic. We saw many beautiful sights and learned a lot. The ship itself was truly wonderful. The captain and officers were friendly and affable (not to mention very competent), the Executive Chef talented and sooooo personable, the Cruise Director (Handre) phenomenal and the cabin stewards perfect. All the wait staff in the restaurants were professional and at the same time welcoming. The entertainment was over-the-top wonderful. Seabourn does things right, and makes every trip a special adventure.

One of the reasons that we love Seabourn is that the all-inclusive program makes the voyage so relaxing. The food is quality over quantity, and every meal was terrific. The deck parties were very enjoyable (lobster on the grill, dancing, champagne and caviar in the pool), and we were impressed by the "specialty restaurant," the Grill by Thomas Keller. One of our favorite activities was shopping in the market in Malaga with Chef Jes; the fish and produce were as fresh as they could be.

The excursions were expensive, but the quality of the guides was excellent. The only negative on the excursions was the "hard sell" venues we were forced into in Casablanca and Tangier. They should offer a shopping excursion for passengers that are interested in buying rugs.

One of our pet peeves, however, is that the internet service is ridiculously expensive. Since Oceana is offering free internet to its passengers, all other cruise lines should follow suit.

We would highly recommend the Ovation for your next trip!

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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin V6 736

The cabin was beautiful and roomy. The walk-in closet and drawers made it easy to unpack for the entire 10-day trip. The bathroom was to die for -- double sinks, a bathtub & separate shower, perfect lighting and light marble everywhere. The balcony chairs were cushy and very comfortable.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Walking Tour

Enjoyed exploring Azilah. Had a nice meal.

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A great tour of city highlights and a delicious lunch.

We bought olives, cherries, strawberries, and fish! It was great!

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A City Under Siege Exhibition

excellent guide and fascinating tour of fortifications inside the Rock. Monkeys were great!

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Disappointed by slums, poverty, and very pushy salespeople in the "artisan cooperative" we were taken to.

City Tour

a fascinating city

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Palacio da Bolsa

amazing place. Also visited a Port facility

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Belem Tower

part of a comprehensive tour

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City Tour

lots of vantage points. Carolina was a great guide

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Jeronimos Monastery

Lionel was a great guide!

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Monument to the Discoveries

Lionel was a great guide!

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Private Tour

Our guide was Lionel - excellent!

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